I started my career working at Microsoft so I might be biased, but there is no business leader who I more admire today than Bill Gates. His entrepreneurial spirit was evident at Microsoft when I worked there in the 1990s and what he accomplished there is nothing short of amazing. However, it is what he has done since leaving the helm of Microsoft that has really impressed me and in my opinion puts him on a completely different level than any of his contemporaries.
Bill and Melinda Gates have issued their 15th annual foundation letter. This letter spells out what they see as both pending challenges and advances to making the world a better, safer, and healthier place.
The Gates Foundation annual letter this year predicts that the lives of poor people will improve faster in the next fifteen years than at any other time in history. Pretty amazing and hopeful when you think about it.
If you find this sort of thing interesting, check out their annual letter here.
I can’t count how many people have tipped me off about local news, but recently I had a conversation with someone who described themselves as a loyal reader who was under the impression that I have extensive contacts at City Hall. Although, that might be convenient that is not the case. Most often I learn about new openings (and forthcoming closings) in and around Boston because a reader of this blog sees something or knows something.
What will you do to make the most of your year? I am focusing on my personal fitness and health, career objectives, will travel to new destinations and hopefully make a few new friends along the way. However you spend the year, I want to wish you all the best.
The man candy photo was really just to get your attention so I could share my message. After all these years, I know how to get your attention ;-)
Resolutions revisited With the start of the new year 2015 just hours away many people will make resolutions. According to one US government website the following were the most popular New Year resolutions made by Americans for 2014.
The resolutions have links to US Gov’t sites intended to help people. Assuming that these remain consistent from year to year I thought I would include them. Will you be making any resolutions this year and if so, will any of these make your list for 2015?
For all you shopaholics take a moment and think about where your patronage not only will find you that perfect gift, but also support your local businesses. This includes everyone turning to the web to make purchases. Think twice before visiting sites like Amazon.com and consider calling or ordering gifts from local, small businesses.
Earlier this month my coffee maker died and I had a bit of a meltdown.
I started to look at replacements and stumbled upon this French Press. Initially I thought, I love coffee from a French Press, but I’m too clueless in the morning to fuss with the contraption. However, once I threw out my coffee maker I realized how much space it took up in my tiny kitchen and so I thought I’d give the French Press a go. If you are a coffee fiend, and looking to get a new coffee maker, I’d say ditch the filtered coffees and try the French Press. It really doesn’t take much time and it is so much better tasting.
Something to consider when you grab your cup of joe this morning. You can see a more complete list of Starbucks and how much caffeine certain drinks contain here.